‘Tis the season for Christmas mysteries!
I love Christmas, all the festive preparations, the sense of anticipation, the feel of togetherness, warmth and hope. I was delighted to start off my new Little Shops on Heart Street series of heartwarming sweet romances with a Christmas story, A Family by Christmas, about the owner of a small chocolate shop who gets a special request from a little girl who wants to make her widowed father happy again. Writing about Emma, little Casey and her dashing pilot dad Grant I could infuse the story with everything I love about the Christmas season: building snowmen, visiting a fair, baking and decorating the tree.
Besides romance, I also write cozy mystery and I love to see how the Christmas season inspired some of my favourite mystery authors to set a story during this festive time. Agatha Christie for instance let Hercule Poirot solve several crimes during Christmas: in Hercule Poirot’s Christmas and The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, both lovingly adapted for television with the wonderful David Suchet as Poirot. The latter story revolves around the disappearance of a precious ruby, and another gem, albeit a blue one, is at the center of a Sherlock Holmes Christmas story, The Blue Carbuncle. A rare gem is found in a Christmas goose and Holmes and Watson trace back the goose and the gem so the poor wrongly accused handyman can spend his Christmas with his family instead of in prison. In the TV adaptation with the incomparable Jeremy Brett as Holmes, festive Victorian London brings you all the warmth you need.
So why not solve a mystery over Christmas, be it in book form or on your screen?
As Viv Royce, cozy mystery author Vivian Conroy writes the Little Shops on Heart Street series for Entangled Bliss. A Family by Christmas is out now and will be followed by A Valentine Proposal in January 2020. Away from the keyboard Vivian loves to craft, hike and spend way too much time on Twitter where readers can connect with her via @VivWrites
Thank you so much for your post, Viv, I’ve loved all the books I’ve read by you – your mysteries and contemporary romances – and hope your post has inspired others to read them, too. If anyone wishes to find out more of your titles and read my reviews of books I’ve read by you, they can see them here.